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Vascular Diseases We Treat

Vascular disease is mainly caused by hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) due to a thickening of the artery lining from fatty deposits or plaques.
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The arteries are blood vessels that supply blood, oxygen and nutrients to the body from the heart. Narrow, hardened arteries make it more difficult for blood to flow to the tissues causing that part of the body to have an inadequate blood supply. There are different symptoms, depending on where the disease is located. Vascular disease usually affects the arteries in the heart, brain and leg.

Vascular conditions treated include:


Abdominal Aortic & Thoracic Aneurysm
An aneurysm is an abnormal bulge in the wall of a blood vessel. They can form in any blood vessel, but occur most often in the aorta (aortic aneurysm) which is the main blood vessel leaving the heart. The two types of aortic aneurysm are Thoracic aortic aneurysm (part of aorta in the chest) and Abdominal aortic aneurysm, found in the abdomen.

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Carotid Artery Disease
The carotid arteries are a pair of blood vessels that deliver blood to the brain and head. The buildup of plaques in these arteries blocks the blood supply to the brain and increases the risk of stroke. This condition is called atherosclerosis. Because carotid artery disease develops slowly and often goes unnoticed, the first outward clue that you have the condition may be a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a mini-stroke.

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Claudication
Claudication is pain caused by too little blood flow, especially during exercise. This condition generally affects the blood vessels in the legs, but can affect the arms too.

Although it's sometimes considered a disease, claudication is technically a symptom of a disease. Most often, claudication is a symptom of peripheral artery disease, a potentially serious but treatable circulation problem.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins, usually in the legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain, but often occurs without any symptoms. It can develop after sitting still for a long time, such as when traveling by plane or car, or with certain medical conditions that affect how the blood clots.

Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition because a blood clot that has formed in the vein can break loose and travel to the lungs. Most deep vein thromboses disappear on their own.

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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Peripheral artery disease, also known as peripheral arterial disease, is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs. With peripheral artery disease (PAD) the extremities, usually the legs, don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking (intermittent claudication).

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